The New York Post is reporting tonight–and Mediaite has confirmed–that that American Morning co-host Kiran Chetry is leaving the morning show–and CNN. The Post cites “sources” saying Chetry “was seen packing up her desk today” and plans to leave the network at the end of the month. Mediaite has learned her last day at American Morning–and CNN–will be July 29.
In recent weeks, Chetry, who previously co-hosted AM with John Roberts (who himself left CNN for Fox News) has been part of a morning trio including Ali Velshi and Christine Romans. No final decision has been made on staffing for the show after Chetry’s departure.
Here’s Chetry’s note to the AM staff:
Subject: Farewell from Kiran
To My American Morning Family–
July 29th will be my last day on our show and at CNN. While there are exciting things for me coming up soon, I want you to know how much I will miss spending the wee hours of the morning with you.
As journalists, together we have covered some of the most pivotal stories of our time. I will never forget your dedication and hard work toward getting it right and through it all, we always found a way to laugh and enjoy our work.
The stories we told were generational: The Virginia Tech shootings, the Gulf Oil Spill, President Obama’s inaugration, the Royal Wedding… My special reports on teen drug abuse, autism, the challenge of military families… And who can forget the 8 hour marathon shows we did on election mornings, and on and on….Together we’ve had a front row seat to history.
The “thank yous” could go on forever. But Jim Walton, Jon Klein and Joel Cheatwood made the call to give me an opportunity I will treasure forever.
The nearly 5 years here at CNN have been some of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding of my career.
It was a true honor to come to work everyday with some of the most kind, professional, hardworking and fun people in the business.
This isn’t goodbye… this is see you soon.
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